State police said an investigation revealed that Freeh was headed south on Vermont 12 in his 2010 GMC Yukon when he drove off the east side of the road. The vehicle struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs, then came to rest against the side of a tree, police said.
Freeh was wearing his seat belt, and no one else was injured, police said. The cause of the crash remained under investigation Monday night.
Police said no other information was available.
Freeh was the FBI’s director from 1993 to 2001, and he is a former federal judge. At the FBI, he oversaw some of the largest and most complex investigations in the bureau’s history, including the crash of TWA flight 800, the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, the Unabomber, the spy case against the FBI’s own Robert Hanssen, and the Khobar Towers bombing.
He founded Freeh Group International Solutions, a consulting group with offices in Washington, D.C.; Wilmington, Del.; and New York City.
In recent years, Freeh and his law firm compiled an independent report into Penn State University’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case. The report was critical of the way the university handled allegations that Sandusky, a former assistant under head football coach Joe Paterno, sexually assaulted numerous young boys over the years.
The Vermont State Police initially said little about Monday’s crash, even though a news crew from Fox 44/ABC 22 was on the scene.
State police waited until about 8:30 p.m., more than eight hours after the crash, to issue a news release — and only after repeated calls from local and national news media.
Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said Monday night that he would investigate why his department delayed releasing details about the crash and had been unresponsive to media inquiries during the afternoon.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is acting governor while Gov. Peter Shumlin is on vacation, said Monday night he was unaware of the crash until being told about it by the Burlington Free Press.
“It’s something I would have liked to have known about,” Scott said. “Anything that is drawing national interest to Vermont.”
Freeh is a longtime friend of U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt.
Leahy frequently has mentioned times Freeh has visited the senior senator and his wife, Marcelle, at their Middlesex home.